Yakṣiṇīs and trees

A yakshini is a female tree spirit. In addition to scaring the occasional lone wanderer at dusk that happens to inadvertently stroll under her tree, they are fond of grasping the tree branch and giving the trunk a kick to make the tree flower. Shalabhanjika (“breaking the branch of the Sal tree”) yaksinis are auspicious guardians entrusted to protect the gateways to palaces. These first two are from Madya Pradesh around 1-100CE. The last one Uttar Pradesh from 100-200CE.

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